With an all-new BMW 3 Series coming soon, and Mercedes-Benz refreshing the C-Class, Audi has responded by giving the A4 a facelift, a very discreet one that is. For the latest update, Audi made minor changes to one of their best-sellers, and playing ‘spot the difference’ with this and the pre-facelift model might prove a challenge.
So what’s new with the subtly revamped A4? Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed a new bumper design. In S-Line models, the corner air intakes pinch towards the large grill. These intakes also feature a U-shaped trim piece, which is, according to Audi, designed to redirect airflow around the car. Also, the front apron is more pronounced than before.
The car’s sides carry over virtually unchanged and, like the front, the rear bumper gets a mild tweak as well. These changes are largely relegated to the lower section of the bumper. Two wide, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes replace the previous round units. The diffuser area between the exhaust tailpipes has been made narrower. A new set of newly-designed alloy wheels wrap up the exterior changes made to the car.
As for interior changes, it largely consists of new hides available for trimming the seats and dashboard. Like the exterior, the design itself is largely carried over from the pre-facelift A4. They did add an S-line black interior package, which adds RS carbon inlays, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and black partial leather sport seats.
Audi didn’t mention anything under the hood, so it is likely that the current range of engines will still power the facelifted models. Looking at the current options, the A4’s powertrain lineup consists of turbocharged gas and diesel engines. Six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch and eight-speed automatic are the transmissions available for the car, depending in the engine specified.
Turbocharged gas engines start with the 1.4 TFSI making 150 PS. Moving up to the 2.0 TFSI, it can be had with either 190 PS or 252 PS. Diesel engines, on the other hand, consist of the 2.0 TDI range which makes 122 PS to 190 PS, and the 3.0 TDI which makes 218 PS or, in higher-spec models, 272 PS.